Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Houma, LA
Removing Non-Essential Teeth For Better Dental Health
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars, and they typically erupt when a person is between the ages of 17 and 25. Depending on their eruption, they may or may not need to be extracted. The only way to know this, however, is to allow Dr. Ryan Walker to review your smile and make the appropriate recommendation. If you have pain forming toward the back of your mouth, or your teenager is complaining of oral pain, call us right away to schedule an appointment.
Why Choose Ryan A Walker DDS for Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
- Performed In-House or By a Local Oral Surgeon
- Dental Insurance Welcome
- Sedation Dentistry Available
When is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Really Necessary?
Wisdom tooth extraction is not always necessary; however, for most patients, it is considered a rite of passage. The majority of individuals do tend to require oral surgery for the following reasons:
- The teeth did not erupt and exist beneath the gumline, resulting in impaction. This can cause them to press against healthy teeth and cause them to shift out of alignment. It can also cause much pain.
- Partial eruption can make it difficult to maintain a good oral hygiene routine, causing you to be more susceptible to decay and gum disease.
- A cyst forms around or near the tooth.
- Teeth are overcrowded, and the mouth requires space for orthodontic treatment.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare
You will receive local anesthesia when preparing to undergo wisdom teeth extractions. If necessary, you may also inquire about sedation dentistry. As a result, you will need to be mindful of getting plenty of rest once you are home, as the effects can take time to wear off.
A more invasive procedure (surgical) can often take longer to heal from because of its invasiveness, but no matter the type of surgery you are required to undergo, it is best to have someone escort you to and from your appointment.
Once you are home, make sure to get plenty of rest and change out the gauze according to the instructions of your dentist. It’s best to minimize any physical or strenuous activity for several days, and don’t be afraid to apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. To minimize discomfort, make sure to take any prescribed antibiotics or over-the-counter pain relievers as instructed.
For the first few days, you’ll likely need to eat soft or liquid foods so that they do not irritate the extraction sites. You should also be mindful when brushing and flossing your teeth not to get too close to your surgical sites.